Mosquito Mk IV 1:48 Scale Revell Kit #85-5320 Review

2013 May 22
by Doug

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Mosquito Mk IV 1:48 Scale Revell Kit #85-5320 Review
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The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito was a British multi-role combat aircraft, with a two-man crew, that served during the Second World War and the postwar era. The Mosquito was one of the few operational, front-line aircraft of the World War II era to be constructed almost entirely of wood and, as such, was nicknamed “The Wooden Wonder”. The Mosquito was also known affectionately as the “Mossie” to its crews Originally conceived as an unarmed fast bomber, the Mosquito was adapted to many other roles during the air war, including: low- to medium-altitude daytime tactical bomber, high-altitude night bomber, pathfinder, day or night fighter, fighter-bomber, intruder, maritime strike aircraft, and fast photo-reconnaissance aircraft. It was also used by the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) as a transport.

For the Modeler: This is a Revell skill level 2, 1:48 scale de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito Mk IV model kit. This version of Revell’s Mosquito Mk IV is the 1966 mold and as such does show its age in a few areas. The kit contains about 103 pieces molded in grey plastic, 12 in clear plastic, and a decal sheet covering three Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft. Kit features a choice of three versions (bomber, night fighter or fighter/bomber), optional bomb bay doors, pilot and navigator figures. I built the kit version that represents the 418 Sqn. FB.VI of the Canadian Air force here. Finished dimensions are; Length: 10-1/8″, Wingspan: 13-1/2″, Height: 3″.

Covered in this Review: If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; adhesive selections and applications; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; seam identification and repairs; paint selection and application; repairing flash; version modifications and considerations; cockpit detailing, aviator figures finish selections; fuselage assembly techniques; canopy finishing; exterior color choices and putty masks; ordinance color selections; decal application techniques; realistic gun barrel finishing and expanded 1:1 history are all fully examined in this 12 page, full-color Step-by-Step review.

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